James Shen is Vice President, Qualcomm International, Inc. and Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures. He leads Qualcomm’s venture investments in Greater China, with over 60+ companies, including Xiaomi, ThunderSoft, NetQin, Mobike, Unisound, SenseTime and Huaqin, all valued above $1 billion USD. James was General Manager of the joint venture by China Telecom and Qualcomm, as well as the head of the Qualcomm Internet Services China business unit. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was founder and CEO of NeTrue Communications, which went public in 2000. He co-founded China Corporate VC Alliance in 2018.
James received a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from University of Southern California and B.S. Degree in Electronic Engineering from Zhejiang University.
Outside the Office
Besides work, James is actively involved in FamilyLife, a marriage ministry. He is a mentor to CKGBS MBA students and USC Annenberg School students. He also wrote and directed a short film in 2017, which won Best Short Competition in California. He enjoys golf and skiing.
Huaqin is a world’s leading intelligent communication device ODM, which covers smartphones, tablets, notebooks and IoT products, with many global device makers as its customers. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, the company has R&D centers, manufacturing bases, transportation centers in Xi’an, Wuxi, Dongguan, Nanchang, Shenzhen, Japan, Hong Kong and India. Until December 2020, Huaqin has more than 5,000+ IP applications and 3,000+ granted IPs.
ThunderSoft (SZ: 300496) is a leader in edge intelligence and device-level middleware, application, and algorithm technology. Through strategic partnerships with key ecosystem players, ThunderSoft offers vertical integration in the industries such as smartphone, connected vehicle and IoT. The company operates joint laboratories with Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, Arm, Samsung and Sony.
Driven by trust to its founders and support to its innovations, Qualcomm is an early investor of Xiaomi (HKEX: 01810), even before the launch of its first smartphone.
Xiaomi is an internet company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology.
Xiaomi ranked 3rd globally in terms of smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2020. The company has also established the world’s
leading consumer AI+IoT platform, with 324.8 million smart devices connected to its platform, excluding smartphones and laptops.
Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world.
Alo7 provides a digital English learning environment for 1,500+ K12 schools, benefiting over 15M students. Their offerings cover curriculums, remote teaching, platform, and test. AI based classrooms and preloaded smart device are their recent innovation to greatly improve the student engagement and learning effectiveness.
Chukong Technologies is a leading enabler for cloud gaming and mobile gaming, by providing a game engine (i.e. Cocos), runtime and platform, as well as developer community management. Their customers are leading mobile device makers and mobile operators.
Eques is a startup focusing on innovative home security products including smart doorbell, smart door-viewer and smart lock, with great user experience and affordable prices.
FarmEasy offers digitization solutions and platforms to algaculture ecosystem including farms, distribution centers and supply chains. The company has the access to the largest database of China’s algaculture.
Foneric designs Hi-Res Audio (PALOVUE) and Smart Home (VOCOlinc) products, which have been awarded as Amazon’s Choice and rated higher than 4.5 stars by consumers. Those products work with Apple HomeKit/Siri, Apple Watch, Carplay, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Smarthings.
GalaxyCore Shanghai Limited Corporation founded in 2003, is a leading IC design company for CMOS Image Sensor and Display Driver IC in China. Products of GalaxyCore are widely used in global mobile terminals and other electronic products.
GalaxyCore designs, develops and sells high-performance CMOS image sensors, which are capable of converting captured optical image signals into output digital signals and widely used in mobile phones, smart wearables, mobile payments, tablets, notebooks, cameras, automotive electronics, etc.
GalaxyCore also designs, develops and sells Display Driver ICs, which are capable of driving display panels to display image signals on the screen and mainly used in mobile phones, smart wearables and other electronic devices with displays.
The core competence of GalaxyCore is rooted in the innovative design capability, the expanding customer base, the efficient operation and the industry chain integration experience for years.
With the development and maturity of the smart phone technology, consumers will continuously pursue better photographic and display experiences. In the next decade, GalaxyCore will persistently provide more innovative and competitive integrated solutions for camera and display modules.
Madhouse is one of the largest independent mobile Ad platforms. Focused exclusively on mobile programmatic, the company aims to optimize mobile marketing investment for its clients. It not only helps brand advertisers to engage their target audience, build brand awareness, enhance purchase intention and increase customer loyalty in China, but also provides solutions for mobile app marketers to acquire quality users globally.
Maketion currently operates two core businesses: Maketion App and Ad7. The Maketion App is a business card management tool for professionals, with over 5 million active users. Ad7 offers an advanced marketing automation platform which combines the capabilities of Real Time Bidding and a proprietary Data Management Platform (DMP), all enabled by Maketion’s rich professional-related database.
Beijing Nebula Link Technology Co., Ltd (nebula-link.com) is a leading high-tech company that designs, develops, manufactures and sells V2X devices, new generation intelligent transportation systems (ITS), intelligent connected vehicles (ICV) techniques and technical services in China and abroad.
Currently, there are four R&D hubs and branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha and Hefei. Nebula link has launched a comprehensive V2X products line, including intelligent onboard unit (V-Box), enhanced roadside unit (T-Station), Chinese/international standard-compliant V2X Stack software and V2X cloud platform, which construct the Cooperative-Driver Assistance System (C-DAS) and proactive traffic optimization solutions. In addition, Nebula Link is one of the main contributors for Chinese V2X standards, which has dominated the development of first application layer data set standard for cooperative vehicle infrastructure system and sequent standards in China.
Nebula Link V2X products and solutions have been widely deployed in national demonstration zones and testing areas in more than 20 Chinese cities, integrated by various OEMs and autonomous driving companies, as well as public road smart transportation upgrade projects. Since its establishment in 2015, Nebula Link has evolved from a research company dedicated to innovation to a mature supplier delivering world-class products and technical services in the field of ICV and ITS.
NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE: NQ) is a leading global provider of mobile internet services. NQ Mobile’s portfolio of offerings includes mobile game publishing platforms, mobile advertising platforms, mobile entertainment applications and platforms, mobile security and productivity applications, and other mobile applications.
Guangzhou SageRAN Technology Co., Ltd. is a high-tech enterprise focusing on the development of wireless broadband access solutions. SageRAN provides 4G LTE/5G NR protocol stack, BBU and 5G NR small cells software and hardware integration solutions. SageRAN not only provides customers with open protocol stack source code level authorization, but also 4G/5G small base station and LTE private network equipment, and can deeply customize the software and hardware of the system according to customers’ requirements.
SageRAN is a full-standard 5G O-RAN industry leading technology provider with independent intellectual property rights and end-to-end capability. In addition to deep collaboration with the three major domestic operators and leading telecommunications enterprises, SageRAN is also involved in the testing and construction of Hong Kong, Taiwan and European Telecom’s 5G experimental network.
SJ-Semi is a leading Middle-End-Of-Line (MEOL) semiconductor foundry house, specializing in 12” bumping, wafer probing and advanced wafer-level packaging.
Unisound is a leading smart voice solution provider. The company has IPs on voice recognition engine and nature language processing, with applications in industries such as hospital, education, auto, financing and smart home.
Yongche is one of the early car-sharing internet platforms, which connected over 40M customers to 6M car owners. The company established the reputation of high-quality passages, drivers and cars in China.
ViewTrix (aka YYG) is a leading IC designing house in China with two product lines in mass production: AMOLED display driver IC and OLED micro display IC.